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Why can some cars go through water while others can't?

Why can some cars (mostly old Russian cars on YouTube) seemingly go through water while others can't? I'm talking about situations when the water level is at half the height of the car, so the engine ...
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My car's coolant temperature reaches almost 100 C / 212 F in a fast pace

Today, after a very hot day, I saw that my coolant was almost reaching 100C/212, I pulled over, stopped and took a look over the hood. The very little water that remained in the coolant tank was all ...
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How are the engines of street cars different from trucks and performance cars?

Consider three cars. All three cars have different engines, but all engines are 3 lit. V6s. The engine in first car is made for great gas mileage. The engine in second car is made to be able to tow ...
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Engine swap considerations

I'm interested in restoring an old car that has a relatively underpowered engine. I'm curious how difficult it would be to replace it with a different (cheaper, more common, more powerful) engine. ...
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How to work on engine out of car?

I'm currently doing an engine swap on on 97 Corolla Levin, need to swap over the exhaust manifold, water pump etc from one engine to the other, but not sure what the best way to handle the engine ...
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1989 nissan pintara

What could make my pintara die whilst driving it. I got it to start again twice to get it home but both times it died without warning and now it won't start at all. It turns over but seems to have no ...
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engine noise on a carburated 327 chevy engine

What does it mean when i rev my engine up to about 4500-5000 rpms and it squeals could it be my serpentine belt
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Removing difficult engine bolts

Currenly trying to remove part of the engine mount off my Vauxhall Astra to get to the thermostat and I've hit a stumbling block by two VERY tight screws that are almost impossible to get a wrench on ...
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How can I do a cheap but safe and good tuning which will improve the cars performance?

I have a Skoda Octavia 5 1.6 MPI and I want to make a good cheap safe tuning that will increase the cars performance above 100 hp it already has. How can I do that?
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What would be the most likely cause of engine sputter?

Most of the time my 2001 Honda Civic sounds like this... Vrooooooom. But some times when I start driving it sounds like this... Vrooom putt pa putt pa putt pa vrooooom. When it's in the "putt pa ...
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What is the purpose of plastic engine covers?

I have a 2010 Toyota Corolla. What is the purpose of the large plastic cover that stretches over my valve cover? Does it have a particular function? Are they just for looks? Or are they designed by ...
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How to identify parts needed for a repair?

Here's a general question: How do you identify, in advance, what parts will be necessary for a repair (including all the various fasteners, o-rings, etc), and order them? Certainly for simple ...
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Which operations are done when key is turn to On position?

I would like to know which operations or functions do the car when I turn de key to On position (the key positions before start the engine) in gas engine and in diesel engine. For example, in a ...
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do all quattros have shafts connecting front and rear axles

I have recently purchased a 2009 Audi A5 Quattro, and in looking underneath the car there does seem to be a place for a shaft to connect the front axle to the rear axle (which you would expect) but ...
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Seized engine on 13 yo Infiniti, out to pasture for 1 yr. Donate for scrap or worth a revisit?

We live in the temperate Northern California foothills, and lo these many months ago, my wife took my father's 2001 Infinity up the Reno mountain pass without seeing (or checking) the dangerously low ...
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Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2.0 2008 - Difficulty Starting

Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2.0 2008 and takes at least 4-5 attempts to start before it idles badly for about 10 seconds and then is fine. Doesn't die at the traffic lights, no problems at all otherwise. ...
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What is that knocking sound my engine makes when the revs drop too low?

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a 2.0 liter engine and a manual transmission, and when I let out the clutch too fast while in reverse or 1st, sometimes the engine RPM will drop so low that it makes ...
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High pitch whistle at a very particular throttle level

The symptom: while accelerating, at a very particular throttle level/pedal angle my engine recently started whistling in a very high pitch. If I let go of the gas or push it in more the sound goes ...
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Squeaking under the hood only while throttle is pressed

My 2001 F150 with 255xxx miles has a squeaking under the hood. It is only present while the throttle is pressed while driving. It is loud enough to be heard in the cab, but not over the radio. It ...
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What modifications need to be made to an engine to enable higher safe RPMs?

I first had this question while playing a racing game - it was a touring race with BMW 320i's, and I noticed that I could rev up to 8,500 RPM before shifting gears. Now my car (an older 320i), ...
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2003 Honda Civic 1.7 vTec - White Smoke from the tailpipe

I have a Honda Civic 2003 gx 1.7 liter vTec stick shift 4 cylinder. Just today I had to put oil in my car. Drove for about 5 minutes got to a light and when I shifted into first gear a white cloud of ...
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Low power, bad gas mileage, smelly exhaust after engine work

My 92 Civic has had low power (need to use at least one gear lower than usual to get the same power) and has been getting bad gas mileage (15-25mpg vs 32-42 mpg usual) since I replaced the head ...
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Is it necessary to 'burn in' or 'break in' a new car?

I've just bough a new 2011 plate car. I've heard stories of people 'burning in' engines for the first few hundred or couple thousand miles using methods such as: Not driving above 50 mph. Varying ...
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1981 amc concord won't start

I have a 81 amc concord. I drove it and it died and went to start it again there was nothing. Replace starter battery and starter relay. There is no headlights no buzzer no radio no dome light. Any ...
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Troubleshooting a Misfire

Car: 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan In the past few days I started to feel the engine stumble. Yesterday the engine light came on and the error was a that cylinder 4 was a misfire (there was also a ...
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Why bikes with gears are preferred when there is gearless(or automatic gear) technology?

I know that lower gears have higher acceleration & low top speeds and higher gears have low acceleration & higher top speeds. But I would like to know why this gear system was designed first ...
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The disadvantages of mitsubishi lancer 2007 [duplicate]

I am planing to buy a new car that has to be good enough to be used everyday . I have tried the speranza and the brilliance but weren't good and not reliable to be used everyday . Many friends ...
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Why are drive by wire systems so unresponsive?

Purchased a honda Fit seeing their reasonable price and good engine power. However I have a lag between me pushing the pedal and the engine responding. I constantly have to downshift to get any power ...
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Is starting idle RPM always lower in colder temperatures?

I've noticed that my 2008 Jetta 2.5L 5W40 generally starts up with an idle RPM of at most 1.2K RPM around the freezing temperature (say when the temp sensor reads 33°F), or even at just about 1K ...
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Mini Cooper P1638 code

I have a 2007 Mini Cooper. It keeps throwing code P1638 on my code reader on these really really cold mornings, and the engine seems to search for idle, reving betwween 500RPM and 1400RPM. The car ...
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Should I run my generator dry in preparation for storage?

I think this is on-topic after reading the FAQ, so I figured I'd go ahead and ask. I gave my gas generator its scheduled 3-month interval "workout" last night, and after letting it run for about 30 ...
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My battery was too low, and now my check engine light is on

I've noticed it in the last year (2013) that my 2008 Jetta with the original OEM battery would be taking a little longer to start than before, sometimes (but very rarely) not starting in the amount of ...
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Going more than recommended Speed in Break-in Period

I have a new Yamaha motorbike. Seller told me not to ride speed more than 50 Kmph for first 1000KM but I rode it 60 for 10 - 15 minutes due to some reason. How does it affect to my Motorbike ?.
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What is the purpose of a drive-shaft?

what is a drive-shaft and why we need it in a car? I do get the point of having crankshaft (using Wikipedia) but still confuse with drive-shaft
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Remove dark layer of particles stuck in Diesel engine tubes?

My BMW E36 M41 engine seems to have a dark dust in the small tube that goes out from the EGR valve. (the other tube contains a sort of dark liquid...) Is it advised to cleanup that dark matter ...
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What will happen if there is something else also with petrol in car

Today someone broke my car fuel outer case and taken out fuel. I came home by driving but then i have now one doubt in my mind. What if he put something else in tank like water, sand, etc in there. ...
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How to spot remove high temp engine paint?

I've recently painted an engine post reassembly, due to cost reasons. No doubt I've encountered overspray on certain parts. I know sandblasting the engine proper is a huge no-no, and soda blasting ...
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Engine Whine Problem

I have a 2000 Ford Explorer V6 4.0, manual. I bought it brand new and have put just over 175,000 miles on it. I was driving down a dirt road to my home and noticed what sounded almost like a hissing ...
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Polo TDI 2004 - intermittent power, smoke, turbo issue

Car: Polo TDI 2004 1.4 with 190,000 km (118,060 miles) on the clock. While Issue: driving it intermittently (distance/time are not factors it seems) it starts to spew black/dark grey smoke and all ...
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Car starts fine after sitting for half a day but has trouble immediately after being driven

I have a ten-year-old car that I don't use too often (it mostly sits in the garage). Last month, I took it for a ride and the engine overheated. I took it to the service station, and the guys there ...
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Proton jumbuck loss of power/shaking

I was driving to work this smorning when my car started shaking and losing power no matter how much I put my foot down after about 2km of driving it started working fine again but the engine has a ...
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How much does displacement affect performance?

I'm interested in learning more about the steps that can be taken to increase the performance of an engine. I'm curious how much displacement affects performance. For example, compare the following ...
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What does CC refer to when describing an engine?

I have been learning about various older cars on Wikipedia. I've always wondered what the "cc" refers to in the engine description. For example: 1964–1969 Porsche 911: 1991 cc 1965-1969 Porsche 912: ...
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Which Reluctor Wheel on LS Engines?

Around 2005 or 2006, GM started using a 58-tooth reluctor wheel, where before they used a 24-tooth wheel in the LSx based engines (LS1, LS2, LS3, etc.). This wheel is used as a way for the computer to ...
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Cylinder 1 and 4 has low compresion, after engine has been redone

I have a Opel Corsa 1999 B type. We had a mechanic redo the engine about 4 months ago, but this week it just does not want to start. Today had other mechanic look at the engine, and did a quick ...
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Slow Accleration And Moving RPMs

UPDATE: I bought a scan tool and downloaded the torque app. I don't get any error codes. I decided to drive it again today. I drove about a quarter mile and barely got to 20MPH. I turned around and ...
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Can I use a CNC machine or waterjet to make an adapter plate to adapt a 5 speed transmission to a rare, obsolete engine?

I am the sad, proud owner of a Nissan SD33T (Diesel), mated to a 4 speed T-19. The power this engine outputs (101HP, 160#/TQ stock) means it struggles on the highway, and I don't want to sacrifice my ...
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When should we change the machine lubricant? Cold engine or hot engine?

According to the manual, we should change the lubricant when the engine is still hot to easy the lubricant flow out completely. But from other perspective, loosening the bolt at the high temperature ...
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drove without #3 cylinder plug wire. Help!

I drove without a spark plug wire in my 1978 GMC Sierra 5.7L. It drove fine and I didn't notice any problems until it died after about 2 miles. It was acting as if it was out of fuel or power when it ...
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1997 ford f150 lariat

We have a 1997 ford f150. My husband replaced the thermostat, but it still reads cold and doesn't put out any heat. Any suggestions? We are in Ohio, it's December, and it's freeeezzzing - need heat! ...